In the context of preparations for the Nations League matches, Eric Garcia spoke in an interview about the Spanish national team, the Barcelona season and the players associated with Barcelona.
Interview with Garcia: “The more competition, the better”
Eric Garcia gave the Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo On the media day before Spain’s four matches in the Nations League this June, in which he talked about the Spanish national team, the competition and the last season with Barcelona.
… About the Nations League matches with the Spanish national team: “At the end of the season, these four games are good for the team to prepare for what is coming this year, the World Cup, which is undoubtedly the most important tournament in the national team. It is four very tough games against very good opponents and that will be very beneficial for us. It is in everyone’s interest that the Cup The world is fast approaching. It’s another chance to show the coach on that call and the next time that you want to be there in Qatar. It’s a chance to show the coach that we are one. We are playing against teams of a similar level to what we’ll find later in Qatar.”
… about the Selección team structure: “Most of us were in the European Championship together. The four or five who were substituted were called up for the national team several times. The atmosphere is very good and even better with the World Cup approaching. It’s a bit like the balance we have at Barcelona. Young players with others with experience. Very big and of a very high standard. I think that makes a good team.”
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… About the competition in the national team: “The more competition, the better. We were all chosen here because the coach thinks we are at a very high level. In every position there are players of a very high level and that makes each of us better. We have to be very attentive and take care of every detail so that we can play. And if If not, we have to try to help the team because we know the player on the pitch is at a very high level. For me, every time I come here, to keep growing and prove myself is a challenge. To restore the confidence that Luis Enrique showed me From the first moment. I always try to make the most of it.”
Garcia: “The best players should be at Barcelona”
… on Portugal, the next opponents in the Nations League: “We know Portugal well. We played with them twice and couldn’t win either match. It’s an important test, with players of the same quality as us, so I’m sure it will be a good match. Yesterday we analyzed our opponents and the coach reminded us that we couldn’t beat them.” .that’s an extra incentive.”
…on his former Manchester City team-mate Bernardo Silva, who is in the Portugal squad: “He is a fantastic player. He has incredible talent. He is able to play in multiple positions. He is one of the young footballers who is getting less and less. He is a player that I respect a lot as a person and I really admire what he does on the pitch. He is brutal.”
… on whether Bernardo Silva will fit in at Barcelona: “I’ve always said the best players have to be at Barcelona and obviously Bernardo is one of them. But well, I only know when he has a contract at Manchester and these are things I can’t go into.”
…on Spanish internationals Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, also linked to Barcelona: “They are two great professionals who work very hard. They have a lot of experience and they have a very high level. They have shown it in the national team as well as in Chelsea, where they are undisputed key players. Two players of the highest level.”
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…when asked if the two are prone to jokes or comments: “No… (laughs) It was mentioned a while ago, but now we haven’t told them anything.”
Garcia on the end of the season: “You should help us strengthen the mentality for next season”
…on international players at the end of season after season with Barcelona: “After not achieving what we wanted as a team, now is the time to finish things off well here so we can go into next season with maximum will.”
… When asked what happened to Barcelona when they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt: “I wish I could tell you. I don’t know, I think we’ve had a great 14 games unbeaten…but these are things that can happen in football. Of course we didn’t want that to happen because we were in the most important part of the season, half way back.” The Europa League final is right at the top of the table and we are fighting for La Liga. He should help us build the mentality the team needs next season.”
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…on the mentality of Barcelona players: “It was a season with a lot of ups and downs. We found some stability and then played two or three matches that decided the season. It will be beneficial for us, especially for the youngsters who are just starting to show how competitive we can be.”
Garcia: “A big difference” because Xavi is a coach
… About Xavi’s work in the club: “Since Xavi was there, there has been a big difference. We played at a very high level for two or three months. At the end of the season we lost when we shouldn’t lose, but we have to learn from this situation because we know the mistakes we made.”
…on his first season in Barcelona: “It was the season where I was hoping to win more titles. I really wanted to come back and it was a season of ups and downs and I know there are things I need to improve. I knew from the start, it just didn’t cross my mind. I’m really looking forward to next season because I think it’s It will be very different.”
Garcia: “I think I’m on the right track”
… when asked what still needs to be improved: “A lot. I’m still too young. It would be bad if I didn’t have to improve. I have my people who I trust to help me with that. I think I’m on the right track.”
… in competition in Barcelona from a potential defence: “This is normal in every club. Especially in a year when things have not gone as expected. I think the competition improves everyone. I am ready for that, it would be nice.”
…on Robert Lewandowski: “He is a world-class striker. He has been making things happen for a long time, both at Bayern Munich and in the national team. I don’t know what will happen with him, but he is clearly a great striker.”
… about what Lewandowski can bring with him: “All the qualities that everyone sees when they play. Especially that he is a top scorer, his scoring record at Bayern is incredible. But I don’t know what his future will be. We will see.”
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